Teachers and student bodies oppose DU’s Idea of Open Book Examinations

Open Book Examinations

Terming the University’s unilateral decision to conduct open book exams as discriminatory and unfair , since a large section of university students doesn’t have enough facilities to attend the examination. The decision to conduct Open Book Examinations is facing a lot of critisism both from Teachers Association and Student Bodies.

The ‘open-book’ examination mode would allow students to refer to books, notes, and other study materials to answer the questions. Students will download question papers for their respective courses from the web portal sitting at home and upload the answers within three hours.

DUTA (Delhi University Teachers Association) in a letter written to VC said that, “It is not viable for a large University like DU, with its diverse student population, and it is shocking that the institute has adopted it as the only form. We demand that the pen-paper option be given to all students.”

The Indian National Teachers’ Congress (INTEC) also mooted the idea of calculating CGPA on the basis of internal exam marks and scores in the previous semester.

Among the student bodies, the Left-backed All India Students’ Association (AISA) said online exams are not a feasible form of assessment for a wide section of  DU students.

AISA had recently conducted a survey which showed 74 per cent students were against holding of exams online.

The Congress-affiliated National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) said the first and second-year students should be promoted on the basis of their performance in the previous semester while the final year students should be evaluated on their past scores and be given 10 per cent extra marks since students tend to score more in their final year.

RSS backed ABVP has also written a letter to DU’s VC expressing dissent over conduct of online exams.

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